Founded in 1935 by R J O Meyer as a boys’ school, girls were first admitted in 1947 and it has long been fully co-educational. It has a fine campus of 166 acres, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Facilities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, theatre, fine arts complex, indoor tennis centre, equestrian centre, music school and concert hall. The 18 boarding houses are on campus and in the surrounding villages. The prep school is in nearby Glastonbury. Large, diverse and complex, it is a well-run school which enjoys a very high staff:pupil ratio (1:8), and this is one of its many strengths. Vocational qualifications are offered as an alternative to some traditional A-levels and examination results are very good across the board. A wide range of languages is offered including Japanese, Russian, Arabic and Greek. It caters for virtually every need and displays energy, organisation and purposefulness in every activity. Over 40 sports and games are available and the school has excelled in many. Over the years, it has produced over 50 Olympic competitors. Music, drama and art departments are active throughout the year. All pupils are involved in conservation of the school’s own 40-acre centre at Worley Hill.